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details if you may. we have learned today that the pope benedict xvi addressed when he retires inside vatican walls as pope emeritus his holiness benedict xvi and wearing white but not a cape and not the famous red shoes that are typical of all popes. what it looks like, this has raised a few eyebrows because when he comes back here, two people addressed at holiness and you have to look down and watch out for the red shoes. tamron? >> thank you very much. greatly appreciate it. >>> and digging out from a record setting blizzard tops the look at news around the "news nation" today. at least three people killed in snow-related accidents. hurricane force winds in texas and snow drifts up to seven feet high. the snowfall broke the 100-year-old record in wichita, kansas. more than 100,000 customers are without power. >>> and new data shows the housing market recovering is accelerating, recovery is accelerating. new home sales in the u.s. jumped to the highest level in 4 1/2 years. experts say steady job creation and new record low mortgage rates are motivating people to buy homes. >>> and
callender's pot pies. it's time to savor. >>> in rome today, on the eve of his retirement, pope benedict xvi gave his final remarks as head of the catholic church. 150,000 people packed st. peter's square to say arrivederci so pope benedict, because soon enough somebody else will have the keys to the pope-mobile. also in rome today, the new u.s. secretary of state john kerry was meeting with the italian foreign minister and 22 other secretaries of state and foreign ministers. this is part of john kerry's first trip overseas as secretary of state. his particular roman conclave today was to talk about ways in which western allies might better support the rebels who are trying to overthrow the government of syria. so expect some news on that in coming days. meanwhile, at about the same time back in washington, some of john kerry's work left over from the senate was finally coming to fruition. it was 2005 when john kerry sponsored a bill to honor the civil rights activist rosa parks with a statue in the u.s. capitol. it took eight years from the bill being introduced, but today president obama f
entered the equation. >>> up next, pope benedict has officially stepped down and the search can begin for his successor but the church is in crisis and it needs the next pope to right the ship and that's ahead, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. rs on their 401(k) to hidden fees. thankfully e-trade has low cost investments and no hidden fees. but, you know, if you're still bent on blowing this fat stack of cash, there's a couple of ways you could do it. ♪ ♪ or just go to e-trade and save it. boom. ♪ >>> i'm hampton pearson with your cnbc market wrap. an earlier rally faded leaving the dow with a 20-point loss. the s&p ends lower by a point. the nasdaq down 2. >>> the latest read on gdp shows the economic -- the economy grew at a scant 0.1% annual rate by the end of last year, the slowest since the first quarter of 2011. jobless claims dropped more than expected last week and groupon shares are higher after hours after the company ousted its ceo. that's it from cnbc, first in business worldwide. now back to "hardball." ♪ >>> we're back. 85-year-old pope benedict th
formally vacant and we'll bring you the latest on pope benedict's dramatic farewell and the election of his successor. also close to vatican city, john kerry meet with the syrian opposition in rome pledging $60 million in basic assistance, the first american aid to the syrian opposition. >>> and at long last, the house today passed the senate's expanded version of the violence against women act ending 18 months of standoff. every democrat voted for it. 138 republicans somehow had a problem with it. we'll have more on that just ahead. >>> but we begin with the president and congressional leaders set to huddle at the white house tomorrow. the very day that automatic defense and domestic cuts will kick in and still without any solution to the so-called sequester. both democrats and republicans in the senate staged votes to replace the cuts to no avail. but there was plenty of time for republicans to preview their talking points presumably in preparation to toss them at the president tomorrow. >> and how much more money do we want to steal from the american people to fund more government? i'm f
. >> amen. catholics in the senate and around the world today said good-bye to pope benedict xvi known as pope emeritus now. it was a historic moment kissing the ring for the final time and waved farewell to the faithful. he left for the last time as vowing obedience to his successor. the 85-year-old cited failing health as the reason for his retirement. he's a pacemaker, blind in one eye and reliant on a walker cane. the pope emeritus spending the first months of private life at the papal smumer residence castel gandolfo. this is where just one hour ago his reign as pope came to an end officially. after the successor is picked, benedict will move to the permanent residence behind st. peter's a basilica. most likely picking a pope before easter sunday and then the holy church will have two living popes for the first time in 700 years. >>> up next, the story that's got washington all abuzz today. white house arm twisting goodfellows style. >> can i have it? i can't have it. i can't do it, henry. it's -- can't do it. >> nobody says that you can't do what you want to do. >> do what you wa
liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? >>> this morning pope benedict and a group of cardinals started a week long spiritual retreat with questions still unanswered about when the next pope will be chosen. yesterday massive crowds flocked to the vatican, an estimated 100,000 people packing st. peter's square for one of the pope's final appearances as the leader of the catholic church. >> thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me these days. >> benedict also appeared to criticize vatican infighting and recently leaked documents paint a picture of a dysfunctional vatican bureaucracy plagued by turf wars and allegations of corruption. let's bring in vatican analyst, senior fellow at the ethic and policy center. i feel launch in after saying good morning because i know there is a little bit of ai delay and i want to start with these reports of power struggles among the hierarchy at the vatican. here is what the pope said. the church which is mother and teacher calls on all its members to renew their spirit, turn back firmly towards god and ignore pride an
missile. >>> right now cardinals would wait 15 to 20 days after benedict steps down on february 28th. but since there's no funeral to plan and no official mourning people, it could happen earlier. >>> boston's cardinal shawn oo mally is getting traction as a possible successor to pope benedict. the 68-year-old has been very visible as a reformer in the sex abuse scandal. a cardinal who has been banned from public life because of his involvement in the cover-up of that scandal is taking another hit. roger mahoney who used to head the los angeles diocese is eligible to vote but a prominent conservative from italy is now suggesting he stay home. that's a surprise. and so is the left leaning catholic group catholic united. >>> today is the deadline for lance armstrong to come clean about his use of performance hansing drugs to the u.s. doping agency. he could see the ban from cycling reduced. armstrong admits to using drugs throughout his career and told that to oprah winfrey and also claims he's clean now and wants to compete again. we'll be back with more on jansing and co. try fixoden
the retirement of pope benedict, the vatican this morning revealing decisions about his future. we've just learned the pope will be called pope ameritus. when addressing him, he would call him, his holiness, he will wear the white cape but not the one he wore as pope. they will be replaced with brown shoes. i'm joined by a father of the diocese. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, chris. >> there were allegations by priests and former priests. church scholars say there has not been this much drama surrounding a conclave since 1800s. another father says it looks like amateur hour s is it in. >> there hasn't been this much controversy but it makes for interesting conversation can, doesn't it it? >> it makes interesting conversation but how might they impact the reduction in the past? >> the number of cardinals who can vote, and so now the controversy swirling around cardinal mahony. will he stay or will he go or recuse himself? >> he got support from a few people that have suggested that this can be separate. in fact, it was cardinal o'brien, one of the people suggested if you make one d
macfarlane is hosting. it should be funny. >>> about 100,000 packed st. pet peter's quer. pope benedict told the faithfuls he would not abandon the church. i understand there seems to be a new complication involving one of the key cardinals playing a role in choosing a new pope. tell us about the new wrinkle, if you will. >> reporter: it looks like a day doesn't go by without a cardinal being implicated into a scandal of sexual nature. we heard of cardinal mahoney of los angeles and sean brady of ireland being implicated of cover ups. today was the day of cardinal keith o'brien from scotland who is the highest cleric in the catholic church of britain. he is being accused by a number of priests, three priests and a former cleric of inappropriate conduct or inappropriate behavior that is believed to be of sexual nature about 30 years ago. the vatican hasn't reacted to those allegations that were made today. a source goes and says that the pope is being briefed about the new scandal this afternoon. in the meantime as it happened for cardinal mahoney and cardinal brady public opinions against th
-american attitudes, you can't kill them. on the issue of principle, did we have the right to kill benedict around? >> yeah, sure. very active. high-ranking in al chi da. and we killed him with a drone. and so i shed no tears for him. and i think nobody else does. but what does bother me a bit, though, is that there's no structure. there's no process. >> so what abuse are you concerned about? let's say it's a murky case. it's a cleric -- just the prop began thats. just the tokyo rose type. >> you can have the highest regard with president obama and john brennan. you can realize they're only going to be there for three more years. this is the way warfare is going to be. this is a weapon. this is a flexible, very useful, valuable weapon. >> what's wrong with sticking the judgment of people around obama and not trusting the judgment of the value of people around dick cheney? >> if you give the power to this president, then you can expect the next president to have similar powers. i commend everybody with the yugs of drones and attacking not american. >> what's the difference between an american drone
, chuck. now to the drama surrounding pope benedict. as they find his successor, the pope himself will not be playing a role. chris jan sising is live for us rome. >> there was a lot of speculation since we haven't had this happen since the middle ages. what would be the impact of having a living pope when a new hope was being chosen. the vatican heard that and premature criticisms. they did say that the pope plans to have nothing to do and exert no influence over the choice of the next pope. here's what we know about what the pope's schedule looks like. he will tomorrow have his regular wednesday audience. the first chance for the public to see him since he made the shocking decision to advocate. once he retires on the 28th, at the end of this month, he plans to go to casa gandolfo and come back to the vatican to what used to be a monstastery and go into quiet retirement. each though the top aides to the pope have known for months this would happen, they are just starting to have formal contact with cardinals who didn't know anything about this until he made his decision. a lot o
pleasure. thank you. >> pope benedict cell brits his last public mass and that tops our look around the nation. he presides over an ash wednesday mass. the venue was moved to the basilica to make room for the larger crowds expected after he announced he is stepping down. frustrations are mounting for passengers on a carnival cruise that lost power in the gulf of mexico and slowly being towed back to the u.s. 3,000 people have been stranded for four days. a report of overflowing toilets and foul smells making people sick. the ship is expected to arrive in alabama tomorrow. can't wait to see that one. nbc's first lead team said the state of the union yon could be the tale of two speeches. part traditional and something you rarely see. emotions. we will go live. >> last night's speech was a tale of two addresses. one emotional and one traditional. >> 51 years ago, john f. kennedy declared to this chamber that the constitution makes us not rivals for power, but partners for progress. gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a
-- we were told by the spokesperson that pope benedict xvi accepted the resignation of cardinal o'brien. when we asked he was not allowed in to the conclave, he said that's not for the pope to decide, it is only a decision that a cardinal can take. cardinal o'brien did take that decision and made it public shortly afterwards and published a statement saying that he didn't want all the media attention on him and even offered his apologies to those he may have offended due to his failures. well, this sets an important precedent. i mean, never before a cardinal renounced to his right to participate in the conclave. the election of the new pontiff. the highest moment of any cardinal in the catholic church, of course, due to a scandal engulfing him. of course now all eyes on mahoney of los angeles. he's said that he will come to rome to vote anyway despite the scandal that engulfed him, accused of covering up abuses by priests. he was meant to oversee in the past. let's see if the cardinal's decision will change his mind. tamron? >> thank you, claudio. more now on cardinal roger mahone
city, where more than 100,000 gathered in stst. peter's square to hear pope benedict read the angelus to the faithful one final time. anne thompson joins us. the world just saw benedict xvi on that balcony window for the last time. what's the mood been there to y today? >> reporter: i think a lot of gratitude and also sadness to see him retire. but peoplens why he wants to retire. he's 85. he told the crowd that he's not going to abandon the church, alex. he said that in instead god has asked him to lave life of more prayer and meditation, and he says that's more appropriate for someone of his age and his strengths. >> yeah. you know, not to besmirch all this, but there were some reports circulating in some italian papers about blackmail being a reason why the pope was stepping down. how does the vatican address that? >> the vatican has come back very strongly against those reports, alex. they were in a paper called la republica this past week. and the vatican took the unusual step yesterday, the vatican secretary of state, of calling -- of issuing a statement calling the situation b
we have the right to kill benedict arnold? >> sure. and the case is in yemen, the american citizen who was planning attacks who had plotted at least a couple that we know of, very active. high ranking in al qaeda. and we killed him with a drone. so i shed no tears for him. and i think nobody else does. the fact he's an american citizen doesn't bother me. what does bother me is bit, though, is that there's no structure. there's no process that goes beyond the -- >> what abuse are you concerned about? gene? >> well, look. >> let's say it's a murky case. it's a cleric, just a propagandist. if it's that, you wouldn't go along with that. >> you can have the highest regard for the people in the white house. president obama, brennan. but you can realize they're only going to be there for three more years. we're setting precedence. this is the way warfare is going to be. this is the way counterterrorism is going to be. this is a weapon. they make the point that this is a flexible, very useful, valuable weapon that -- >> what's wrong with trusting the judgment of people around obama and not
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. >>> new information about pope benedict's health tops the stories around the "news nation" today. the pope fitted with a pacemaker and that its battery replaced three months ago in the secret operation. the spokesman said it was routine and played no part in the pope's decision to step down. >>> people take a look at this. a bolt of lightning striking st. peter's basilica in a storm hours after the pope made his announcement. this is not photo shopped, doctored. not a movie. thousands of passengers stranded on a cruise ship in the gulf of mexico slowly heading back to the u.s. coast guard tugboats are towing the vessel and 3,000 passengers to mobile, alabama, but are not expected to get there until thursday. passengers on beboard described deteriorating conditions. sewage coming down the walls. no air. the toilets also not working. ugh. >>> and our "news nation" "gut check" is next. nbc's first read team said tonight is president obama's first chance to push congress to do something big. for bill clinton, education reform. do you think president obama will be able to persuade congress to p
benedict celebrated his final mass. the mass was held inside to st. peter's basilica so more people could attend. his add vocation telling the vehiclely audience that he's resign for the good of the church. the vatican announced that the papal conclave for the next pope will begin the week after march 15th. we'll be right back. ♪ wow. [ buzz ] delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? bee happy. bee healthy. with clusters of flakes and o's. oh, ho ho... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love. when i first felt the diabetic nerve pain, of course, i had no idea what it was. i felt like my feet were going to sleep. it progressed from there to burning like i was walking on hot coals to like a thousand bees that were just stinging my feet. i have a great relationship with my doctor. he found lyrica for me. [ female announcer ] it's known that diabetes damages nerves. lyrica is fda approved to treat diabetic nerve pain. lyrica is not for everyone. it may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal though
benedict xvi has given his final mass in a rare ovation from the people assembled at st. peter's kba silica. nbc's anne thompson is live with us in rome and i don't think we knew the full extent of the troubles he was experiencing in mexico, that final trip where he was in mexico and in cuba, we knew there were scandals in the church there, protests for lack of an apology. but now it turns out he took a fall in the middle of the night and hit his head? >> reporter: he did and it was after that trip when he wind chill factor to cuba that the pope made the decision he was going to retire and started setting the wheels in motion here for the announcement that came earlier this week. he apparently got up in the middle of the night, he actually cut his head, there was some blood in his hair, the vatican said. but the vatican spokesperson said today in a meeting with reporters said, look, don't read too much into that one incident. yesterday at the ash wednesday mass in st. peter's basilica is that this pope is suffering from the ravages of age, he was wheeled down the aisle and he had to be help
,000 jammed the square for one of the final appearances of pope benedict xvi. >> as soon as he resigned, i knew i definitely wanted to come and witness it. >> i'm proud to be an american and i wanted to let the pope know he's supported by all of us from america. >> the pope asked followers to pray for him and his successor, but as the world prepares for a new pope set to be installed by easter, our next guest says there's no point in calling a conclave, because the institution of the priesthood is entirely made up. with us now is "new york times" best-selling author and pulitzer prize winner gary wills. he spent five years in seminary and nearly became a priest himself but now challenges that basic tenet of the church in his book "why priests: a failed tradition." gary, i want to read back to you the first line of the "new york times" book review on your book, which reads "gary wills wants us to know that he really bears no animus towards priests. truly." and the point that you're making, of course, isn't an anti priest argument. it's a theological one that sort of suggests that maybe hist
that the administration offered. look, the tea party is saying he's benedict arnold and he sold out. a lot of people are saying it's because his approval ratings are so low and they are abysmally low, 33%, but you know what? he made as good a case for obama care as obama has ever made. he said that, yes, he's all about job creation there in florida, but the real measure of a civilization is how it takes care of the weakest and the poorest, and he said this was a good deal for florida and, as you noted, he can't in good conscience say no to it. >> that's true, dana, but since the announcement, the anger on governor scott's twitter feed is white hot. let me read you some. one woman says, hear me, governor rick scott, next rally in naples i will walk with biggest poster against your re-election. betrayed floridians. another person tweets, reality check, governor rick scott's hospitals will benefit from millions getting insurance. scott has not suddenly become a human being. then there's still more, quote, governor rick scott of florida supports medication expansion. the tea party is officially dead. ha
to floridians," said tea party activist everett wilkin son. he called scott the "benedict arnold to the patriot and tea party movement in florida." well, that's a new badge of honor that rick scott can wear. joining me tonight howard fineman, nbc news political analyst and editorial director of the huffington post media group. howard, always, good to have you with us. >> hi, ed. >> big turn for a very visible governor in a very crucial state. what does it mean? >> well, what it means is reinforces the trend you were talking about at the top of the show, first of all. the "usa today" poll, i don't know if it did poll on obama care, but the general drift of things is in the direction of activist government. athat's what you said at the top. you're absolutely right. and this is part of it. and in that sense even rick smith -- i mean excuse me, even rick scott had to accept reality, as he said. but there's more to it than that. first of all, there's a lot of money involved. billions of dollars. for the state treasury over the next two years. that's number one. number two, don't forget that rick sco
. peter's square for pope benedict's final audience this morning, cheering and waving signs that read "thank you" in italian. anne thompson is live for us at the vatican. and anne, i know the pope gave a reason for why he's leaving. what did he share with the crowd? >> reporter: well, he told them, chuck, it was a very personal address during his final papal audience. usually those sermons are a lesson on religion, but he spoke quite eloquently about his eight years as pontiff and why he was stepping down. he said his eight years had been filled with joy and difficulty and he said at some times, he felt like the lord was sleeping during his eight years. he acknowledged, again, that the reason that he was stepping down was because of age. he fired back at his critics, as much as a pope will fire back, saying that, you know, the critics who said that the pope should not come down from the cross, he said, there are different ways to serve on the cross and that the life that he has chosen of prayer and meditation, that will begin thursday night, that is another way to serve the church. ag
and major corporations. china calls the claims groundless. >>> pope benedict will have a pension according to italian media which reports $3,300 a month coming had is bap the vatican could not that report a spokesman says all of the pope's outgoing needs will be met. >>> our first look at kate middleton's growing baby bump. she made her his appearance since announcing her pregnancy in december. she is about 4 1/2 months pregnant. >>> researchers developed a drug that is fascinating. it's made up of alcohol metabolizing enzymes that they drop alcohol levels in drunk mice. don't pop open the champagne yet. the research in its early stages. the reality is you have too much to drink and pop a pill and you're all better. >>> daryl hannah arrested after protesting at the white house. tell you about that coming up later. >>> gas prices hit a new four-month high. boy, the cost of a fill-up has gone up 33 days in a row yet. are we there yet? >> everything seems to be going up at the moment. i don't know if you've seen the dow this morning. scaling new heights here and we neat a positive catalyst to
this morning. pope benedict xvi has given the cardinals permission to start up the date of the conclave. there will be one fewer cardinal in that conclave. keith o'brien, head of the church in scotland, has resigned after he was accused by three priests and a former priest of inappropriate behavior. let's bring in nbc news vatican analyst george michaels, senior fellow at the ethics and policy center. george, so more than 100,000 people turned out yesterday for the pope's pin am sunday blessing. but have you all this controversy out there. let's start with cardinal o'brien. this is a man who has been outspoken in his views against homosexuality and when there were calls for l.a.'s former cardinal to stay home from the conclave because of his role in protecting the abusive priests. here is what the cardinal said. >> if someone erred in some way or another that does not -- judgment and other matters. >> probably not exactly the statement that people would have wanted to hear from him. so he's decided to step down. was this the vatican pushing him out of the conclave? >> reporter: i think
in place sooner than expected. the vatican is starting the process to e elect pope bened t benedict's successor earlier than planned. a 15 to 20-day period must be observed after the vacancy. the situation was described to us earlier. >> this is simply a matter of amending the apostolic constitution which the pope can do or assign the authority to the dean of the college of cardinals to do that himself. >> pope benedict is stepping down february 28th. he announced his age and health have forced him into an early resignation. >>> what did senator rand paul say he hoped to accomplish? a tea party leader joins me next. is here to volunteer to help those in need. when a twinge of back pain surprises him. morning starts in high spirits, but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lines grow longer, his pain continues to linger. but after a long day of helping others, he gets some helpful advice. just two aleve have the strength to keep back pain away all day. today, jason chose aleve. just two pills for all day pain relief. try aleve d for strong, all day long sinus and headache rel
. pope benedict xvi gave his final public blessing this morning to thousands of people in st. peter's square in rome. benedict will step down on thursday. >>> italians began voting today to elect a new prime minister. with polls closing tomorrow they view it as a two-way race between bersoni and silvio berlusconi. right now i'm joined by neera tanden and michael hastings, also a buzz feed correspondent. ana marie cox, former washington editor for time.com and gq magazine and oscar joiner. great to have you all here. there was a big stink made about the white house press corps story or nonstory. president obama played golf with tiger woods in florida last weekend. the white house press corps was denied access to this moment in the president's second term. fox news chief white house correspondent ed henry, who's the president of the white house correspondents association released a statement to politico that underscored the press corps's complaint. i can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and tv have expressed extreme frustration to me about having no a
shows that pope benedict is well liked and the majority of emergency 64%, to be exact, support his unusual decision to abdicate next week, while considering a popular pope with the 54% favorability rating he is 13% less popular than his presses predecessor likability rating. not personally as popular, pope benedict xvi does have something on pope john paul ii, the catholic church experienced a 6% increase in favorability, up from 56% during pope john paul ii's tenure and that's what the survey says. >>> coming up, she beats out her husband in almost every popularity poll. now michelle obama is back on the road and we'll look at what the second term may hold for the first lady. >>> first, the latest from south africa on where the olympic star accused of murder is now a day after being released on bail. you're watching msnbc. i've always had to keep my eye on her... but, i didn't always watch out for myself. with so much noise about health care... i tuned it all out. with unitedhealthcare, i get information that matters... my individual health profile. not random statistics. they eve
. >>> a new pope before easter? could pop. pope benedict xvi will step down at the end of the month. current rules make march 15th the earliest possible date to pick a new pope but the vet kat says the date could be pushed up if all of the cardinals make it to rome early for a vote. >>> weary passengers from a carnival cruise ship "triumph" today are adjusting to being back on dry land with running water and working toilets. the passengers finally departed the crippled ship early friday in mobile, alabama, the more than 4,200 passengers and crew were then taken to new orleans and elsewhere to rest up and clean up. sandy perry was a passenger aboard the "triumph" and on her way home, joins us by phone. good to have you with us. how are you holding up? >> good. i'm excited to finally be going home. >> i would imagine so. what was the worst part on the ship? >> not knowing what was going on. the communication, the lack of communication was terrible so just not knowing what the next thing was going to be, you know, when the power went out and you know, everything kind of stopped, we smelled the
tell me if this is right or wrong, okay? take a look. ♪ >> pope benedict is stepping down, and the roman catholic church needs a new spiritual leader. could it be you? announcing mountain dew's pope n win contest. check specially marked mountain dew bottles. >> hey, mom, i won! >> plus other great prizes like a pool table and movie tickets. visit mountaindew.com for complete rules. >> good morning, it's thursday, february 21st. welcome to "morning joe." >> it's a big day. >> it is a big day. a live look at times square. inside the studio here, we have msnbc contributor mike barnicle. >> yes? >> are you completely buttoned? okay. whatever. >> have you buttoned everything up? >> i think so. >> it didn't look like it for a second there. msnbc political analyst and visiting professor at nyu and former democratic congressman, harold ford jr. >> we love harold. >> and he's all buttoned up. >> it's the day. >> i know, i'm getting there. i'm getting there. it's the buildup. we also have with us democratic political strategist -- >> oh! >> -- james carville. >> look at this! >> wha
of the weakest people in its care, its children. i think many people who are admirers of benedict and were admirers of john paul ii accept the view that the church should have moved more aggressively. you cannot simply, as the church has done in recent decades, move priests from diocese to diocese in the hopes that somehow or another the problem will go away. i think that the new pope would be very wise, particularly in the west, to speak out and argue that this is entirely a new day and that the church will become more christlike. >> you know, mika, i don't really know -- nobody knows why the pope is stepping down. we can take him at his word. unfortunately, taking the catholic church at its word over the past decade or so on a variety of scandals has not been what journalists should have done. i think some questions have to be asked here. he stepped down, the first pope to step down in centuries. and again, i love the church. i have a lot of connections to the church. and i just -- this is less about the church than it is about reporters and journalists who are covering this story. i thi
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